Care UK homes around the country are once again gearing up to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Residents have their binoculars at the ready and bird feeders filled as they prepare for the world’s largest wildlife survey from Saturday 27 until Monday 29 January.
Silversprings in Thorrington, and Colne View in Halstead, will be visited by Kala, ‘the Owl Lady’ in the lead up to the Birdwatch, while Cedrus House in Stowmarket, and Hartismere Place in Eye, will be visited by Suffolk Owl Sanctuary – where residents will have the opportunity to meet different owl species up close.
Field Lodge in St Ives, will be visited by the Raptor Foundation, which focuses on the rehabilitation of raptors, and residents at Knebworth in Woolmer Green, will be visited by British Falconry Association.
Pupils from Epsom Primary School will be joining residents at Appleby House in Epsom for a special birdwatch art session. Residents are also making home-made fat cakes to encourage birds into the home’s gardens.
In preparation for the national birdwatch Priors House in Leamington Spa, has invited Simon Watts from ‘Wild Presentations’ to give a talk on bird life, as well as taking part in a live bird count with residents, and their family and friends.
The team at Heather View in Crowborough has organised a birdwatch themed quiz for residents, to test their knowledge ahead of the birdwatching weekend. Residents are also looking forward to a visit from the RSPB, who will be popping into the home to talk about bird life in the UK.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has taken place annually over the last 38 years, with the information collected each year helping the RSPB form a picture of bird populations across the country and highlighting any trends or changes. For more information, visit rspb.org.uk